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The Fall of the House of Usher

A short story about the fall of a house and a family.
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Maya Becton

on 17 September 2013

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Transcript of The Fall of the House of Usher

The Fall of the House of Usher
Story By:
Edgar Allan Poe
“I know not how it was—but, with the first glimpse of the building, a sense of insufferable gloom pervaded my spirit”
~Edgar Allen Poe, The Fall of the House of Usher
Dark Romanticism
The Narrator:
Setting:
Quest:
Biographical Elements
Summary:
Our Narrator goes to visit his old
friend Usher
-Awkward childhood with him
Description of house and Usher
-Similar
-Dead
Sick
-Usher and sister
Mentally and physically
Buries sister
-Not actually dead
Reads book
-Hears sounds
Fall of Usher
-House and family
Gloomy
Sad
Melancholy
Disintegrating
House as character/symbol
Madness
-Usher knows she's alive
-Narrator thinks she is alive
Evil at its core
-Inside house
-Lives of Ushers, incest
Hypocritical
-Usher doesn't trust outsiders
but lets narrator in
Narrator part of the story
Potentially can't be trusted
Very descriptive
Innocent
-Doesn't understand what or why
-Claustrophobia, supressing
Truth (macabre)
-Narrator
Why is he there?
Letter
-Usher
Is she dead?
Answers
-Narrator
Why the house the way it is?
-Usher
Art and music
-Sister
Negative Quest
-Secrets, Incest, History
Humanity
-Deceiving/not what they seem
Incest
-Poe and wife
Usher and Poe's lives go
downhill
-Poe's parents die young, bad childhood
Family line obsession with
Poe's obsessive quest for
unity
Literary Criticism:
Opium

Usher and sister relationship
Elements of the Story:
Symbols:
-House
Crack top/bottom
Furniture
"Coming to an end"
Worn out
-Coffin/tomb
Ushers control
-Poem
Usher's mind
-Story
Mad Trist
Microcosm for what is
going on
Sources Cited
Bruccoli, Matthew Joseph, and Richard Layman. "Edgar Allen Poe." Concise Dictionary of American Literary Biography. Detroit, Mich: Gale Research, 1989. Print.

Watson, Noelle. "The Fall of the House of Usher: Overview." Reference Guide to Short Fiction. Detroit: St. James, 1994. N. pag. Print.

Cook, Jonathan A. "Poe and the Apocalyptic Sublime: "The Fall of the House of Usher"" Papers on Language and Literature. Literature Resource Center, Winter 2011. Web. 18 Nov. 2012.
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